The crane was attached to a skyscraper under construction in Kelowna, British Columbia, when it tipped over on Monday morning, hitting an adjacent professional building and the roof of a “retirement home,” according to the inspector. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Adam MacIntosh.
No further information on injuries or the number of fatalities has been released. MacIntosh said the collapse site and the surrounding area were unsafe and unstable.
The incident resulted in the evacuation of surrounding streets as well as a local declaration of emergency. Teams are investigating the cause of the collapse.
Harry Bains, British Columbia’s Minister of Labor, said he was “deeply saddened” by the collapse.
“All workers have the right to a safe and healthy workplace – even one injury or death is too much. It is a heartbreaking reminder that we must strive to ensure the safety of all workers to prevent such incidents from happening, ”he added.
Bains said the accident is under investigation by WorkSafeBC, the BC Coroners Service and the RCMP.
MacIntosh said 911 calls about the collapse started arriving at authorities just after 11 a.m.
Several workers were at or near the site when the collapse occurred, he said.
Kelowna sits along Okanagan Lake, approximately 240 miles west of Vancouver and approximately 90 miles north of Canada’s border with the United States.
The crane collapse in Kelowna came just days after part of another crane collapsed on top of a building in Toronto on Saturday, causing damage to its roof but no injuries.
The counterweight, part of the crane intended to prevent it from tipping, was located on top of residential building 8 The Esplanade after it fell about 20 feet, the Toronto Fire District Chief told CNN, Stephan Powell.
The top six floors of the condo are mechanical rooms used for building maintenance, so no residential units were damaged, according to Powell.
The crane was carrying around 20,000 pounds of counterweight, which shifted causing the crane to tip over, Toronto Fire Platoon Leader Kevin Shaw told CNN partner CTV News.
“This crane is collapsing [caused] a little structural damage on the roof, but no danger to lower floors, tenants or anything and did not enter any apartment, ”Shaw told CTV.
CNN has contacted Del Property Management, owner of 8 The Esplanade, for comment.